The fourth edition of the dansMuseum is Bodies of Influence : A History of Change in Twenty-Five Dances. The exhibition, entirely online this year, focusses on dance as a barometer of social, cultural and political change. Recalling important moments in its history, the exhibition shows how Dutch dance, just as other art forms, has reflected social change. You, as a member of the public, don’t just get to see the contributions and listen to interviews with the curators about the selected works, you are also invited to comment on what you see and hear and to think about possible additions to the museum.
The current culture of Dutch dance is the product of 75 years of freedom, and times of great social change and crisis in this period have been crucial. When were these times and what can we learn from them? The subject has never been more pressing given the current corona pandemic. What will the repercussions be of the current crisis for the future of dance? The past has demonstrated that, in the long term, a crisis can lead to unexpected and beautiful developments. Scapino Ballet arose as a reaction to WWII, NDT broke away from the Dutch National Ballet.
DansMuseum #4 - Bodies of Influence : A History of Change in Twenty-Five Dances sheds light on the 25 most important works, artists and organizations since the Second World War that address social issues. Taken together, these works tell the story of dance as a powerful instrument for cultural activism in times of crisis.
The selection for the museum is based on research by Stephen Shropshire (curator) and Morgana Braga (assistant), in collaboration with Fransien van der Putt, Marcelle Schots and Hans van Keulen.
This online edition of the dansMuseum is itself a continuation of a tradition of exceptional productions. The first dansMuseum: Movement Matters: Twenty Years’ of the Dutch Dance Festival was an exhibition celebrating twenty years of the festival’s achievements and contributions to Dutch dance. DansMuseum#2: The Third Space was about the space and spatiality of the ‘grande dame’ of Dutch contemporary dance, Krisztina de Châtel. EXTINCTUS/EXTANTEM, the third edition, was an exhibition in the form of a publication with several perspectives and reflections on extinction and disappearance in Dutch dance.